March 3, 2010

March 3: O God, you are my God

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By Caleb Kitchell, a senior physical education major from Union Mills, Ind.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 63:1-8 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
Wow! What a way to live! David is committed, and it makes me feel kind of guilty. I try to think back and remember if there was ever a time that I longed for God in such a deep way. I can think of times I called to him in distress, but the way David thirsts and longs for God seems much more dedicated.

This psalm truly brings out how each and every one of us should love our God: with all our heart, all our soul and all our mind. God is with us wherever we are in life. He is always watching and sometimes he is even intervening. He is with David in the desert, and will be with you wherever you are. God’s love for us is never ending, and yet, we don’t always give him the same love in return. David sets a good example of how we should do this. We should love him with everything that we have and everything that we are. Seek for God earnestly, let your lips glorify him, praise him forever, and say with David proudly; “O God, you are my God.”

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SCRIPTURE: Psalm 63:1-8 (NRSV)
A Psalm of David, when he was in the Wilderness of Judah.
O God, you are my God, I seek you,
  my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
  as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
  beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
  my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
  I will lift up my hands and call on your name.

My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,
  and my mouth praises you with joyful lips
when I think of you on my bed,
  and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
  and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to you;
  your right hand upholds me.

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Comments (6)

  1. Thank you, Caleb. May the blessings you give to others, including this devotional, return to you ‘manyfold’!

    Jim Miller March 3, 2010 |
  2. I simply love this Psalm. Why? Because I love God.
    Yesterday I became aware of my whole body in a dynamic trajectory of surrender to God. I guess I can begin to understand what David felt when he prayed this psalm.

    Mervyn Carapiet March 3, 2010 |
  3. Personally, I feel you get to a depth like David had when you’ve been in a depth of darkness that David felt. It is beautiful to consider David’s humanity and God’s divinity.

    Thank you.

    Jennifer March 3, 2010 |
  4. Thanks Caleb
    for this encouraging word and thought.
    Wishing you a very good year at Goshen

    Frank and Cara Ulrich March 3, 2010 |
  5. Thank you, thank you for the reminder of God’s love and mercy. Is David’s humanity made perfect through his trust and love for God?

    Instead of ‘falling into the hands of an angry God’ after ‘sinning greatly’, David (read 2 Samuel 24:11-14) responds to the options to punishment from God with ‘Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into the hands of men.’

    Clara March 4, 2010 |
  6. It’s a wonderful privilege to call Him, our God! He is worthy of all our praise! Thanks for sharing, Caleb.

    Ruth March 9, 2010 |